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The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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The Vixen Chocolate Chili BockThe Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock

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BA SCORE
84
good

552 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 34
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-27-2011)
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Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark brown almost black hue with a tan 3-finger head that slowly dissipates, leaving a nice trail down the glass, and ending in a wispy lace.

S: Sweet spicy bock aroma. Hints of chocolate and malts in the background.

T: Dark rich ale with a generous sweetness and a nice bock malt background. Hints of chocolate and coffee overtones.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Decent Bock – Sams Adams always has good beers but never great beers. This is a strong beer masked nicely by the malt and sweetness.

ckollias, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Paul68
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Paul68, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of codsmith
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1

A: Very dark brown and almost black. Pours with a thick foam head that manages to stick around and laces the glass rather well. Color is too dark for a bock, but probably due to cocoa nibs or some darker malt used.

S: It has a lightly sweet, almost fruit punch aroma. Not a favorable aroma for a bock. I was looking for a more malty aroma with some roasted characteristics coming through, but it just wasn't there.

T: A heavy malty taste that is fairly well balanced and smooth. Thankfully the smell and taste are almost completely different. There is a slight alcohol taste at the end, but not very noticeable.

M: Heavy mouthfeel and carbonation seems to be at good level.\

O: Was really expecting more of the spices and chilies to come through, but then again its Sam Adams and they never go to the extreme and always like playing it safe.

codsmith, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of JohnnyP3
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl oz bottle -- Batch 1 -- "enjoy now or age for rich/unique flavors" Pours a chocolate brown with 3 fingers of sand-colored head. Leaves decent lacing on the glass.

Smell consists of chocolate, cocoa powder, some cinnamon, and a grassy hop aroma.

Taste is mellow chocolate and caramel malt flavors upfront with some roasted malt flavors that transitions to a seriously spicy kick from the chilies and cinnamon. The heat from the chilies gradually fades into a rich and boozy chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel is intermediate viscosity and smooth.

Overall a one-of-a-kind brew. Dark, rich, and enticing. Some serious heat from the chillies and the alcohol at the end. Not an easy drinker by any means, but unique and interesting flavor profile.

JohnnyP3, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a dark brown color, almost black, with a tan foam collar that doesn't leave any lacing but sticks around for an impressive amount of time. Smells mostly of bitter chocolate but a tiny amount of roasted character does also come through in the aroma. Flavor is mostly chocolate, but also has some dark fruits and cinnamon swimming around in a bock toasted malt. Finish is where the gentle warming of the chiles within shows up as a sort of indirect lip warming sensation and a tickling in the nasal passages. Texture is medium thick yet creamy. Overall, it comes across exactly as though they added chiles to their chocolate bock, not that this is a bad thing.

WastingFreetime, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of YeastInception
4/5  rDev +8.1%

YeastInception, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark coloured, slightly spicy aroma. The taste is of a rather basic bock, enhanced by a little heat, and lots of chocolate. As if the chocolate is to make up for the bock taste. Everything is OK by itself, but the characteristics are not well integrated. Decent drinkability. Medium mouthfeel.

Sammy, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bomber bottle into a pint glass. $5.99 purchase price.

Pours dark black with 1/4 inch of tan foam. Dark chocolate coffee smell, with a peppery undertone. Dark malty taste, smooth which fades into jalapeno/pepper heat. Light fire there but sits and smolders. I guess this kind of works, but for me a novelty - could not see doing more than tasting this.

As beer warms and progresses, the chilis get to me. Heartburn alert. The remainder is dumped.

KTCamm, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Brewsed
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Brewsed, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of hays99
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

hays99, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of daverdave
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

daverdave, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a black body with an initially lofty, though soon settling, khaki head.

Smell: Barley malt toasted and roasted and paired up with a fair portion of dear old chocolate, tiny bits of dark fruit, a near-forgotten cinnamon stick, and a faintly smoke-addled chipotle pepper.

Taste: Toasted, caramelly, and coffee-accented malts glazed in a firm coating of sweet chocolate. A little raisin and date tucked deep into the various tastes. Earthy chilies, initially quite mild and inconsequential, though the heat is very slowly accumulating and gaining traction with the spicy cinnamon. Though it's quite a departure, the elements of the base style are still present. Lightly warming, sweetish, chocolaty finish. Chipotle and a little bit of alcohol lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth, lightly velvety mouthfeel.

Overall: Seems to be the Chocolate Bock given a boost and an addition of chilies, cinnamon, and love. I'm down for that.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
5/5  rDev +35.1%

bigbeers84, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Goldfishman
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Goldfishman, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for splitting this bottle with me.

Pours a deep, dark brown that borders on black with a thin layer of soft, off white head that has little retention. The nose has an odd powdery character to it with notes of cocoa powder and chili powder. The lager yeast is also noticeable. The flavor is much the same; a little chocolate reminiscent of cocoa powder, a little spice reminiscent of chili powder, and a distinct lagery, yeasty finish. The bottles promises a bity, spicy finish, but there isn't one in my opinion. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is a little dry.

I'm glad I got to try this but I'm not sure I would have it again. The powdery characteristics in my opinion detracted from the overall balance and drinkability.

tdm168, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by chocolate. Taste is chocolate, some chili spicyness, very rich and flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer worth seeking out.

tone77, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black with red brown tones at the edges. Two finger fine to medium light tan head dissipates quickly to a film with lacing on the sides. Very faint aroma of dark malt and chocolate. Flavor is interesting, dark malt dominated by chocolate and a hint of vanilla The chilies appear in the finish and work quite nicely, making an interesting flavor progression. Medium bodied with a nice play between the chili and the carbonation for a peppery mouthfeel. I like this one quite a bit. Interesting ad tasty.

LiquidAmber, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of alkemy
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Out of the bomber…

A- It’s a dark mahogany brown tone with a big tan head…I poured it pretty quickly hoping to open it up.

S- Smelled of cocoa powder and sweet, burnt sugar, and a bit of cinnamon with the slightest hint of soy. No pepper on the nose for me.

T- Taste is lacking. I was really hoping for some chili pepper, but it wasn’t there. It’s a stretch, but I got a very slight warmth on the way down…probably more alcohol than chili. Cocoa is there. This could have been so much better.

M- A little more than light bodied. Way thinner than expected.

D- This is fairly drinkable, but my expectations were such that I had trouble polishing it off as I expected. Great idea, but flavors need to be much bolder.

alkemy, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +8.1%

jaidenjb, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of mkondor8
4/5  rDev +8.1%

mkondor8, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of rsant
3/5  rDev -18.9%

rsant, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of areich6
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

areich6, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of pschul4
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 220z bottle into pint glass. Been curious to try this one for a while

A- Dark brown with 1/2" head. I didnt know what to expect from the look but it certainly looks "bock-ish"

S- Smells like a bock with a little extra sucrose. Not picking up much chocolate or chili

T- Definitely pick up some chocolate malts in the taste but nothing drastic. Where's the chili? It's a sweet brew but not necessarily in a good way. Some stronger chili notes would do wonders for this "chili bock"

M- Low carbonation, quite a pleasent mouthfeel as it coats but doesn't linger

O- Bad? No, but not what I was expecting. Glad to try it but won't buy again

pschul4, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of TaySuth
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

TaySuth, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of jdougherty
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

jdougherty, Jan 30, 2012
The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.